The third national memorial day was held in eastern Chinese city of Nanjing on Tuesday to commemorate hundreds of thousands of victims murdered during the Japanese invasion almost eight decades ago.
On Dec. 13, 1937, Nanjing, the ancient Chinese capital for six dynasties, fell to Japanese invaders who went on to slaughter civilians for more than a month. About 300,000 Chinese were killed, and 20,000 women raped.
The Nanjing Massacre left a deep psychological scar on the Chinese for generations to come.
On Tuesday morning, amid chilly wind and drizzle, more than 8,000 people gathered at a square in front of the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre, in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province. The mourners were dressed in black, with white flowers pinned to their chests.
Sirens blared for one minute throughout the city. Doves flew, cars stopped, and pedestrians stood still to mourn the deceased in silence. The ceremony was broadcast live in Najing’s public venues, including subway stations where commuters paused and watched.—Xinhua